Amelia had her Measels,Mumps & Rubella (also called German Measels) (MMR) Vaccine last week. She was 12 months + 3 weeks & will get a second dose before school 4-5 years.
The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to build up protection against these diseases.It is a live vaccine which means it contains weakened forms of the measles, mumps and rubella viruses.
It was an easy decision for me to give it to her,I had read the research papers, spoken to other mums,and to be fair, I knew prior to all this I was going to give it to anyway. I know so many mums who are unsure whether they are going to give the vaccine or not.
MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine (3 in 1),that protects against three separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses.
Measles, mumps and rubella are very common, highly infectious, conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.
They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby and can lead to miscarriage.
The MMR vaccine has gone through the rings of the press in the last few years.Health experts have criticized media reporting of the MMR-autism controversy for triggering a decline in vaccination rate in the UK. The MMR vaccine was the subject of controversy after publication of a 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield et al. reporting a study of twelve children who had bowel symptoms along with autism or other disorders, including cases where onset was believed by the parents to be soon after administration of MMR vaccine.In 2010, Wakefield’s research was found by the General Medical Council to have been “dishonest”, and The Lancet fully retracted the original paper.The research was declared fraudulent in 2011 by the British Medical Journal. Several subsequent peer-reviewed studies have failed to show any association between the vaccine and autism.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,the UK National Health Service and the Cochrane Library review have all concluded that there is no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
In Japan, the MMR vaccination has been discontinued, with single vaccines being used for each disease. Rates of autism diagnosis have continued to increase, showing no correlation with the change.
1 in 10 will have discomfort, redness or swelling where the injection was given, or will have a fever;
1 in 20 will get a rash six to 12 days later(this is not contagious);
1 in 20 get swollen glands, a stiff neck, or joint pains;
1 in 100 may develop swelling of the salivary glands under the jaw; and
1 in 1000 will have a convulsion (fit);
1 in 22,000 will get a temporary blood clotting problem / bruising or bleeding
1 in 1,000,000 may get encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
We are now 10 days post vaccination. Amelia has been off form in the last 3 days, and I noticed a Measel like rash over her torso tonight in the bath. This could all be a coincidence or maybe she is the 1 in 20 children who develop the rash. Either way, I’m still happy with my decision to have given her the vaccine, and will just have to ride the waves with her over the next few days, until she gets better. Calpol & Neurofen will be our friends.
Have you given your child the MMR Vaccine or decided against?
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